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The Compulsive Reader: The Line by Teri Hall

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Line by Teri Hall

Far away from the overcrowded cities where the oppressive government tyrannizes its people and the only thing that ensures a decent life is money, Rachel and her mother live and work quietly on The Property, owned by the distant and aloof Ms. Moore. Bordering the Property is the Line, the most notorious section of the invisible boundary that borders the country. No one is allowed in or out. No one knows what is beyond the Line…until Rachel receives a mysterious recording, begging for help. Now everyone on the Property will have to decide to do what is right, or what is safe.

Teri Hall's debut novel is absolutely captivating; her smooth storytelling and completely convincing and authentic voice bring the story to life and make it all the more chilling and believable. Hall presents the history of the country in a detailed (but certainly not boring) manner that highlights political struggles, a domineering government, and the horrors and terrors that are bred with war, relating them to a society that is not unlike our own and subtly warns against the use of nuclear weapons.

Those messages aside, the novel is full of strong female characters as well; resourceful Vivian who had to raise Rachel on her own, the secretive Ms. Moore, who knows more about the Line than anyone would ever suspect, and Rachel, who is torn between standing up for what is right and following in her mother's footsteps of playing it safe and becoming invisible.

The Line is a complicated knot of twists and secrets, surprises and revelations that only becomes more and more complex as you delve deeper into the story. And once you believe you've untangled it all, it is then that the biggest mysteries of all are revealed. Hall's debut novel is stunning, and it will leave you hanging in anticipation of a sequel and pondering the outcomes for many hours after the final page is turned.

Cover Comments: This cover is unbelievably amazing--I love how creepy it feels! The greenhouse is perfect, as it is relevant to the story, and I just love the colors used. The font is very modern, which fits as the book is a futuristic read. This is one of the best, most outstanding covers I've seen in a long time!

The Line will be available from Dial Books on March 4th, 2010

10 comments:

Kristin said...

This is the best description of this book I've read. I didn't really want to buy it before, but I definitely will now! :)

Sara said...

I can't wait for this one! Thanks for the review! :)

Rhiannon Hart said...

Argh, you lucky lucky thing! March?? I'm almost peeing I'm so excited about this book! And hurrah for strong female characters.

~Aimee States said...

Nice review ;)

You've convinced me to read it.

Julia said...

Cannot wait to read this book! I'd already loved the premise, but your review makes it even more imperative that I do!

Christy Raedeke said...

I agree wholeheartedly with your great review! I was completely sucked in by Teri's writing and her confident construction of this fascinating world. I want the sequel immediately!

suzie said...

I like this cover and the book sounds amazing!

towerofbooks said...

This is one of the 2010 releases I am looking most forward to.

Liviania said...

I'm glad that the cover is relevant because it's absolutely lovely.

Kay Cassidy said...

Awesome review, Tirzah! I SO want to read The Line. And I agree - the cover totally creeps me out in the coolest way possible. :-)